ON THE BACK BURNER

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FANS of the Honda Civic Type R hot hatch will be left wait­ing up to two years for the re­turn of their favourite pocket rocket.

The Ja­panese com­pany has put the tur­bocharged hatch on the back burner while it gives pri­or­ity to get­ting the NSX into show­rooms.

Honda teased devo­tees with a con­cept of the new­gen­er­a­tion Type R at the Geneva mo­tor show al­most a year ago and there has been talk of its new tur­bocharged en­gine.

Bri­tish mar­ket ver­sions — that is, in right-hand drive — go into pro­duc­tion in July.

How­ever, for Australia there are still no firm on­sale dates, says lo­cal boss Stephen Collins.

“I think we will get it (the Type R),” Collins says.

“It has a rich her­itage in Australia. But it’s not yet con­firmed. It won’t ar­rive be­fore the NSX and that means it could be (in Australia) as late as 2017.”

Joshua Dowl­ing

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